Nature

Don't let Brexit ruin our environment

Puffin in flowers

We are not clear what will happen now that the UK has voted for Brexit vote. But we are know much is at stake.

People voted in the referendum for all sorts of reasons. But nobody voted to damage our environment.

EU laws have given us:

  • a better climate
  • less pollution
  • protected bees from neonicotinoid pesticides.

We can’t watch years of progress get removed.

Protect bees from harmful pesticides

White tailed bumble bee feeding on a flower

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Last month the Government refused to allow bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides back into our fields. The National Farmers’ Union has now asked a second time to use the toxic neonics on oilseed rape crops.

Last year the National Farmers’ Union, with help from powerful lobbyists, persuaded the Government to let some farmers use neonics.

Our natural areas are threatened

Scabious mining bee on a flower

The vital EU laws that protect nature and wildlife could be watered down next month. Rory Stewart MP, the UK Environment Minister, must stand up for nature or one of its last protections could vanish.

Rory Stewart has said he backs strong legal protection for nature. But he must take this message to the EU.

Tell Aldi to protect British bees

Bee in front of an Aldi supermarket

Aldi has banned bee-harming pesticides from fruit and vegetables sold in its German stores.

They should also protect bees in the UK from toxic neonicotinoid pesticides.

Science has shown time after time that neonic pesticides are dangerous to bees and other pollinators such as butterflies.

Add your nature story

European otter

Environment Minister Rory Stewart has said that the UK Government doesn’t want to weaken our nature laws.

Our campaigning is starting to pay off. Our supporters have:

Protect our nature sites

Castell Coch and beech wood

Photo: Chris Brown, Cardiff Friends of the Earth

Nature sites like the Beech Woods near Castell Coch, Cardiff are protected by European laws. These laws and the wildlife they protect are now under threat because they are being reviewed by the European Commission.

Frac sand mining

Fracking campaign logo

Fracking has been in the news a lot, but there is one part of the process that hasn't yet been scrutinized - frac sand.

Ask Apple to come clean

Tin mining waste heaps with forest beyond

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

For the past six months Apple has ignored the questions from 25,000 Friends of the Earth supporters about the hidden impact of its iPhones. Stories of child labour and environmental destruction have been met with silence.

Now Apple has released a statement about Bangka island:

Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin

Mounds of mining waste with forest in the distance.

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth supporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.

Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.

Samsung admits to using unsustainable tin

mined land with forest in the background

Photo: © Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth suupporters have forced the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker to confirm that it uses forest-trashing tin in its products.

Samsung, a multi-billion pound company, has investigated its supply chain and discovered that it uses Bangka Island's tin. This tin mining is destroying tropical forests, coral reefs and livelihoods.

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